Taking the Stress out of Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meetings

By Michael Benedict on March 14, 2013

Spring is around the corner and half of the school year is now over.  It is time for parents and Special Educators to ensure that their student’s Individualized Education Programs (IEP) Annual and Triennial Reviews are completed and signed by the end of the school year.

IEP meetings are stressful not only for parents but also the team members. IEP team meetings are a critical part of your child’s education program. One of the easiest ways to eliminate stress is anticipating what will occur. Being prepared is the key, whether this is your first IEP or your seventh, the IEP Meeting Parent Checklist is designed to help.

The app is broken down into a chronological series of activities and includes before meeting tasks, listing your child’s level of functioning in multiple areas, such as academic, speech and language, social and behavioral. The app guides you through making a list of goals and objectives, helps you decide your child’s roll in the IEP process, what to predict during the meeting, end of meeting activities and then what to expect after the IEP meeting.

You may also want to ask your team remembers how you can better prepare for your upcoming meeting.  Be active in the decision making process and know your child’s rights.


Children with disabilities, including learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mental disorders, mental retardation, and pervasive developmental disorders, may be eligible for special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is required for each eligible child. All eligible children who have a verified disability and need special education are entitled to the services laid out in the IEP.

The IEP is a written plan detailing the services intended to meet the unique educational needs of the student.  It contains goals and objectives that are based on the student’s current level of educational performance, states educational placement and setting, and describes related services and assistance required for the student to thrive and benefit in a special education program.

The IEP development team is composed of professionals, paraprofessionals, the student’s parents, and the child (when appropriate). The IEP team must discuss the child’s strengths and areas of concern, the parents’ ideas for enhancing the child’s education, the results of assessments, and child performance on state and district wide tests when applicable.

Related Educational Mobile Apps and Form Templates:

Behavior Support Plan

Behavior Contract

ABC Simple Observation Form

Discrete Trial Data Sheet

Functional Assessment/ Behavioral Intervention Checklist

Functional Assessment Interview Form

Competing Behavior Pathway Chart

Problem Behavior Questionnaire Profile

Individualized Service Plan (ISP)